The holidays are coming up and the stress is starting to pick up. You’re looking forward to having a break but you’re equally nervous about the family chaos which always comes with them. You want to stay happy and healthy, especially as you’ve progressed so much in your fitness and eating habits over the last few months. Simply, you don’t want all that work to be ruined! You’re not alone in this challenge. And I’m here to help.
Being surrounded by others who might not have the same healthy habits you’ve built means your willpower will have to be stronger than the peer pressure you might feel from them. Sticking to some of your healthy habits, eating smart and committing to positive selftalk will help you stay on the right path.
Stick to Your Healthy Habits
- Make time to exercise. The schedule is hectic but sticking to your fitness will help you make healthier eating choices, release any stress you might have, and boost your positive emotions. Don’t make unrealistic goals and say you’re going to hit the gym every day. Your goal should be to simply do something. Even a 20 minute brisk or the 7 minute workout will do, especially when you’re short for time.
- Find quiet “me” time. Find some time to have to yourself so you can focus on what’s important to you. You can meditate, read a book or just sit with your reflections, whatever it is. Maybe you can combine it when you’re going to take a shower, or early in the morning when other people aren’t awake yet.
- Help around the house. Whether you’re hosting the holiday celebrations or visiting family, the more you help out, the more you’re able to affect how things happen. You could slightly modify the recipe you’re helping to make so it’s healthier, and you could encourage everyone to go for a Christmas day walk.
- Eat small & often. Don’t be tempted to skip meals because you’re going to a dinner party later. Snack healthy (think vegetables & hummus) before going and you’ll be less likely to over-indulge.
- Go for your favourite treats. It’s the holidays so you have every right to have some treats. But instead of going for all the treats, simply have your favourites. You’ll appreciate them even more and be better off for it.
- Savour the food. At dinner parties it’s easy to lose track of how much you eat and drink because you’re socialising at the same time. Try to eat and drink mindfully, savouring every bit of food you put in your mouth. When you savour, you’ll enjoy it more & eat slower, which will also help you notice quicker when you’re getting full.
Do Positive Self-Talk
- Celebrate your little wins every day. Feel proud of every healthy choice you are able to make. You went for a 20 minute walk – great! You chose to not have a second piece of cake – amazing!
- Keep learning and growing. This is the perfect time to pick up a good book or take some time to read your favourite blogs as you don’t have the pressure of work on you. Do it during your “me time” or in the evening before sleep.
- Smile. Enjoy the holidays. If you’re feeling frustrated, force a smile & you’ll already start to feel better. Remember how lucky you are to be surrounded by the family and friends you love.
You Can Do It
So how are you going to remember all this in the spur of the moment? You can always bookmark this post and keep coming back to it. If you really want it to stick, print it out and keep it on your bedside table so it’s the first thing you see when you get up and the last thing you see before going to sleep. It will remind you of your healthy lifestyle, and continuously plant it in both your conscious and subconscious mind. Also think about why you set your healthy lifestyle goals in the first place, and use that as a motivation to make healthier choices during the holidays. And do enjoy the holidays, that’s what they’re there for!